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Knee Injury Prevention: Lessons Learned From Girls Soccer

Girls are especially prone to knee injuries. James Hubbard, MD, MPH Question. What do adolescent girl athletes and the rest of us have in common? Answer. Knee injuries, of course :). In fact, anyone who gets in a little too much of a hurry or doesn’t watch what they’re doing is susceptible. Add jumping or a quick pivot for whatever reason and your risk increased greatly. A while back, I jumped off a porch with such a jar I thought I’d shaken my teeth out. The reason was I landed without bending my knees and it’s a wonder I didn’t injure one of them. You can be in tiptop shape (unlike me), and have the strongest of legs and still get hurt—just because you land or pivot wrong. Fortunately, there’s been a lot of recent research in knee injury prevention triggered by the growing amount of injuries in girls’ sports. It seems they are particularly prone to ACL tears. The keys are not only strength but balance, and training our brain to make our legs land in the correct position. A little preparation can go a long way to prevent a debilitating injury. […]

By | July 7th, 2014|Children, General|5 Comments

Knee Injury: Your Top-4 Questions, Answered

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH In this post, I’m going to address some of the more frequent questions that are being asked in the comment section of my post “8 Tips for How to Treat a Knee Injury and How to Know If It’s Bad.” The questions seem to center around the following: […]

By | February 25th, 2013|Bones, Reader Questions|158 Comments

What to Do If You Dislocate Your Kneecap

The kneecap is under that brown tendon. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH A dislocated kneecap is another one of the multiple knee injuries you can get. And you won’t be going far until it’s fixed. It’s painful, most of the time there’s a lot of swelling, and your knee can’t straighten. Obviously you have to get to a doctor as soon as you can to make sure nothing else is injured and to put it back in place. Often, the doctor will also drain some of the blood off that’s accumulated around it (which can ease the pain dramatically). But if getting to a doctor is impossible, here are some things you can try. […]

By | October 9th, 2012|Bones|384 Comments

Osgood-Schlatter—The Tennis Elbow of Children’s Knees

In this photo, the tibial tubercle (the knot below the knee) seems swollen; however, some people have more prominent knot than others anyway. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Children can get most of the same knee injuries as adults. They can sprain, tear, or break something at any age. But some knee injuries are more common in kids. In fact, one always begins in the growing years. Osgood-Schlatter is technically a disease, but I think of it as an injury—kind of the tennis elbow of children’s knees. In fact, Osgood-Schlatter treatment and tennis elbow treatment are about the same. […]

By | October 2nd, 2012|Bones, Children|11 Comments

8 Tips for How to Treat a Knee Injury and How to Know If It’s Bad

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s football season and prime time for knee injuries. But truth be told, I see them all year long—in athletes and the rest of us. They happen at home, at work, and during any recreation at any age. Sometimes they happen when you’re just standing still and twist the wrong way. When you hurt your knee, it may be evident you’ve done major damage. Often, though, it’s not so clear. Knee-sprain symptoms can be the same as symptoms from something more serious. Even we doctors sometimes have a tough time telling a sprain from a tear. One reason is it’s hard to try to move a swollen, painful knee. So what can you do when no one medical is around? There are a few things, but first, it helps to know the anatomy. […]

By | September 27th, 2012|Bones|1,376 Comments